2023 Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science

Monday, April 24, 2023
4:00 p.m. Pacific time

UCSF’s Sandler Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research presents the 2023 Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science.

UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco


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Saul Villeda, PhD

Saul Villeda, PhD

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Endowed Professor of Biomedical Sciences, UCSF Department of Anatomy
Associate Director, UCSF Bakar Aging Research Institute

Dr. Villeda joined UCSF in 2012 as a UCSF Sandler Faculty Fellow. He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University.

His lab studies the drivers of functional and cognitive impairments in the aging brain and how the effects of aging can be reversed through systemic interventions. The Villeda Lab investigates hallmarks of brain aging in the adult hippocampus including decreased regenerative capacity, impaired synaptic plasticity, and increased neuroinflammation.

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Sam Hawgood Portrait

Sam Hawgood, MBBS

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UCSF Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, became UCSF’s 10th chancellor in July 2014. He previously served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. In addition to his four-decade distinguished career at UCSF, he is renowned internationally for neonatology research. A native of Australia, Chancellor Hawgood earned his medical degree with first-class honors from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He trained in pediatrics as a resident and specialized in neonatology as a fellow.